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Writers and critics on the best books of 2013

<b>Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie</b><p><i>Five Star Billionaire</i> by Tash Aw (Fourth Estate) is a brilliant, sprawling, layered and unsentimental portrayal of contemporary China. It made me think and laugh. I also love Dave Eggers' <i>The Circle</i> (Hamish Hamilton), which is a sharp-eyed and funny satire about the obsession …

31 Noted Authors Pick Their Favorite Books

<i>A Tree Grows in Brooklyn</i>, by Betty Smith<p>“<i>A Tree Grows in Brooklyn</i> wasn’t a new book when my mother was young. It’s still luminous, the story of …

Redeployment

'Tis the season for gold stickers on fresh book covers. Here's our lowdown on the best of the best.<p>The Narrow Road to the Deep North<p>By Richard …

5 Easy Steps to Make Your Writing Stand Out

Writing is complicated. I mean, at first it doesn’t really seem that way since it’s just words on a page, but to really craft something meaningful …

Creative Writing

Why people need poetry

"We're all going to die -- and poems can help us live with that." In a charming and funny talk, literary critic Stephen Burt takes us on a lyrical …

The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Young-Adult Fiction Authors

Best-selling writers including John Green and Veronica Roth share their strategies for crafting authentic, relatable teen characters—even in fantasy worlds.<p>Young-adult fiction, commonly called "YA fiction," has exploded over the past decade or so: The number of YA titles published grew more than …

Seven Rules for Writing Historical Fiction, article by Elizabeth Crook

Article<p><b>Seven Rules for Writing Historical Fiction<br>By Elizabeth Crook<br>Author of The Night Journal: A Novel</b><p>We grow up being told to “write” what we …

15 Secrets to Writing Great Fiction from Game of Thrones

What do you mean you don’t like fiction?<p>Everyone has a hero. A hero inspires you to question the status quo, to think differently about an old …

Creative Writing

42 Fiction Writing Tips for Novelists

Posted by Melissa Donovan on February 2, 2016 ·<p>Writing tips for fiction writers.<p>The more I explore fiction writing, the more complex and …

Creative Writing

Seven Tips From Ernest Hemingway on How to Write Fiction

Before he was a big game hunter, before he was a deep-sea fisherman, Ernest Hemingway was a craftsman who would rise very early in the morning and …

Ten rules for writing fiction

<b>Elmore Leonard: Using adverbs is a mortal sin</b><p><b>1</b> Never open a book with weather. If it's only to create atmosphere, and not a charac­ter's reaction to the weather, you don't want to go on too long. The reader is apt to leaf ahead look­ing for people. There are exceptions. If you happen to be Barry …

10 Things Shakespeare Can Teach Us About Writing Thrillers

<i>Shakespeare’s comedy of Twelfth night; or, What you will | Act 2, scene 3.</i> <i><br>Sir Andrew. A mellifluous voice, as I am true knight.</i><p>Conspiracy. Murder. …

6 of the Best Pieces of Advice from Successful Writers

I’ve been reading some advice from successful writers lately and exploring what their routines are like to see what I can learn about<p>Here are six of …

Stephen King’s Top 20 Rules for Writers

In one of my favorite Stephen King interviews, for <i>The Atlantic</i>, he talks at length about the vital importance of a good opening line. “There are all …

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Nobody Has Ever Made This Offer Before: I Am Paying People Back If They Read My Book - Altucher Confidential

I want people to read my book that is launching today. Everything in here helped me survive when I was ready to kill myself. Helped me thrive. I …

How to Write for a Living - Altucher Confidential

When I first wrote a novel in 1991 I remember walking down the road and seeing a pretty girl and thinking, <i>“She might like me now.”</i><p>I know that a lot …

8 Books That Were Disliked by Their Own Authors

Writing a full-length novel is a labor of love. Most authors who manage to put together a best-selling book often have mixed emotions about their …

Literature

5 Ways To Shorten Your Short Stories - Writer's Relief, Inc.

Ever wonder why all short stories are called <i>short</i>, when in fact some of them are medium-length and some are long? These days, many editors of …

How to Write Short Stories – 10 Tips with Examples by Our Chief Editor

First step to write short story is to understand five basic elements of it. Ten Tips, by our Chief Editor, for How to Write Short Stories are vivid …

8 Unstoppable Rules For Writing Killer Short Stories

Short fiction is the "garage band" of science fiction, claims Tor Books editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden, so it's time to step on that fuzzbox and …

Ten Reasons to Write Short Stories Even Though the Pay is Peanuts

by Daniel H. Wilson & John Joseph Adams<p>It’s no secret that writing short stories usually isn’t very lucrative. A five-thousand-word piece that you …

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Tips on How to Write a Good Short Story

When it came to giving advice to writers, Kurt Vonnegut was never dull. He once tried to warn people away from using semicolons by characterizing …

Twenty Tools for Fiction Writing (Part One)

Many accomplished writers have dropped a word or two on how to succeed in fiction writing. It’s something which every writer can glean a nugget or …

The 12 Question Fiction Writing Conflict Test

A good book offers interesting characters in conflict with each other, but how do you tell if you have enough in your novel? Read this post, then …

Creative Writing

Flash Fiction Writing Exercises

Posted by Melissa Donovan on December 9, 2014 ·<p>Try these flash fiction writing exercises.<p>These <b>fiction writing exercises</b> are designed to help fiction …

How to Make Horror Scary

How to Make Horror Scary <br>by Richard Spurling<p>With all due modesty, I suggest you start by reading my article, <i>Why Horror Scares Us</i>. In that article I …

Horror

How to Write Horror Fiction and Avoid Typical Horror Genre Clichés

<b>Have you written a great horror story or novel? Enter it into our Annual Writing Competition!</b><p>“The three types of terror: The Gross-out: the sight of …

Horror

25 Things You Should Know About Writing Horror

I grew up on horror fiction. Used to eat it up with a spoon. These days, not so much, but only I suspect because the horror releases just aren’t …

Five Plot Devices That Hurt Your Writing

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column about some of the more predictable stories that show up in fiction workshops. This week I’d like to do something …

Writing